What do most successful athletes, parents, and CEOs have in common? For one thing, they know the importance of having a growth mindset.
Coined by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, a growth mindset means knowing you can always improve. Even if you don’t start out as the best cook, for example, you know you’ll master that soufflé recipe eventually.
If you have a fixed mindset, on the other hand, things like your cooking skills, fitness level, and intelligence can seem impossible to change—so why even try? Cultivating a growth mindset could help you achieve more at work, bounce back faster from setbacks, and even improve your well-being. You’ll trust that you can grow your health by eating more greens, getting to that spin class, and taking time for self-care.
With an entire year ahead, there’s plenty of time to grow!
Growth mindset at home
Not exactly MasterChef material? Tackle one new healthy recipe a week. Before long, you might become your family’s personal Nigella Lawson!
Growth mindset at work
Suffered a professional setback? Ask for feedback on the project, then take a relevant course or find a mentor—and start a portfolio to show your work is evolving.